Highway 99: More than Just a Drive

Jan 20, 2016
My drive from Vancouver to Whistler via Highway 99, known as the Sea to Sky Highway, was one of the most breathtaking experiences I’ve ever had in my life. If you’re ever in the Vancouver area, I suggest ditching the shuttle bus to Whistler and renting a car instead. Normally, it would take less than a couple of hours to drive from Vancouver to Whistler; however, my drive took double that time because I kept stopping at lookout points and other sites along the route.

Here are some places worth stopping for during this incredible drive to Whistler:

  1. Shannon Falls
At 335 metres, these magnificent falls are visible from the highway itself. Park at the bottom of the hill and take a short five-minute walk to the viewpoint, located right across from the falls. The sight is definitely worth the short and easy trip up the hill.
Shannon Falls from the viewpoint.
  1. Sea to Sky Gondola
Just 10 minutes on the Sea to Sky Gondola will take you 885 metres above sea level, with access to a stunning 360 degree view of the Coast Mountains. At the top, you can explore walking trails, stop at viewing platforms, walk through a suspension bridge, or dine with a view at the Summit Restaurant.
Sea to Sky Gondola, Squamish
  1. Squamish
Squamish is the perfect place for outdoor recreational activities. Go on several hiking trails or, if weather permits, take advantage of the ocean, lakes, and rivers and try some water activities. If you want to do something less strenuous, take a stroll down Squamish harbour for a relaxing walk with fresh air and unforgettable scenery.
Squamish Marina
  1. Garibaldi Provincial Park
A huge wilderness oasis, Garibaldi Provincial Park was my favourite stop during my drive. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time to go hiking, but did stop at Garibaldi Lake. I’ve always seen pictures of emerald green lakes from the West Coast online, but nothing compared to it in real life. It was quite the sight and an absolute must-stop for me.
The stunning view of Lake Garibaldi.
  1. Every Lookout Point Possible!
I recommend stopping at as many lookout points as you can throughout your drive. It’s great for drivers so they can appreciate the views as well (I had the luxury of being a passenger) and it also makes for awesome photo-ops!
As high as the clouds at a lookout point.


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